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Too Hot For Humans? Jacobabad Temperatures Rise to 50°C

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  • This video discusses the occurrence of extreme heat and humidity in Jacobabad, Pakistan.
  • Students will learn that extreme heat and humidity is dangerous for human beings and how extreme heat and humidity are increasing due to climate change.
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  • This is a short video that shows people are already being affected by climate change in a serious way.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The report discusses temperature in degrees Celsius, so students may need to review a temperature scale showing temperatures in degrees F and degrees C.
  • Note that the reason high heat and humidity is dangerous to people is because sweat will not evaporate off the skin if the humidity level and temperature are too high, not because people cannot sweat enough.


  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with geography and social studies to discuss the unequal distribution of heat and humidity and the unequal effects of climate change on global populations.
Scientist Notes
It is important to understand the impact of wet-bulb temperatures as it influences our local weather and thermal comfort of the body. Educators should note the misconception "wet-bulb scale" at 0:51 minutes in the video. It should rather be wet-bulb thermometer or the values on the wet-bulb thermometer. The resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.5.6-8 Analyze the combinations of cultural and environmental characteristics that make places both similar to and different from other places.
      • D2.Geo.9.6-8 Evaluate the influences of long-term human-induced environmental change on spatial patterns of conflict and cooperation.
      • D2.Geo.10.6-8 Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
      • D2.Geo.12.9-12 Evaluate the consequences of human-made and natural catastrophes on global trade, politics, and human migration.
      • D2.Geo.5.9-12 Evaluate how political and economic decisions throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
      • D2.Geo.6.9-12 Evaluate the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
      • D2.Geo.9.9-12 Evaluate the influence of long-term climate variability on human migration and settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.
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